• DAPP Malawi is in 2019 celebrating 24 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

DAPP Nutrition project benefitting pregnant women

Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) in partnership with the Valdese Church through Humana People to People Italia is implementing a project known as Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years. 

Mary Mayankho is one of the beneficiaries of the project. She hails from Seselua village in traditional authority Nchinguza in Machinga district which is where this project is being implemented. She has 5 children and is currently expecting her 6th.

Mary right and other project beneficiaries

Mary right and other project beneficiaries

Mary one of the projects beneficiaries

Mary one of the projects beneficiaries

“Through this project, I have learnt the importance of eating balanced meals, the importance of hygiene and the importance of delivering at a hospital “she says.
Mary says she now sleeps in a mosquito net and has constructed a tippy tap which is a hand washing mechanism and a rubbish pit in her compound as she didn’t have these before “I knew that hygiene was important, but with the coming of the project, I have learnt so much more about hygiene which I now practice in my own home”
The one year project is being implemented in Machinga district and to contributes to the reduction of infant mortality due to severe acute malnutrition as well as lactating and pregnant mothers. Close to 1750 pregnant and lactating mothers are the key beneficiaries of the project and aside them 30000 to 35000 people will indirectly benefit from the project.

 

 

Case Story – Gladys Enock

Aged 27 years old, Gladys is a mother of a 3 months old boy and 4 other children and lives in Likhopola village in traditional authority Nchinguza in Machinga district.

She is a beneficiary of the DAPP Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years project which is being implemented in the district aiming at contributing to the reduction of infant mortality due to severe acute malnutrition in the area which is an area prone to feminine and records higher cases of malnutrition.

Gladys 2nd row, 2nd from the right with other beneficiaries

Gladys 2nd row, 2nd from the right with other beneficiaries

Gladys and her 3 months old baby

Gladys and her 3 months old baby

Gladys says the project, which targets pregnant and lactating mothers with children under 0 – 2 years has helped her to learn more about the importance of breast feeding as the child grows healthy “before the project, I did not know that babies need to be breastfeed often. I would just feed mine when I wanted to, but now, I know better”

She has also gained knowledge on when a child can start eating porridge and the importance of keeping her home clean as well as conserving the environment through tree planting activities and the use of firewood saving stoves.

“My household and I now eat balanced meals thanks to the DAPP field officers who hold cooking demonstrations which explain the foods we are supposed to be eating and how to cook them” she says

Gladys believes this project will benefit a lot of people in the long run “I know that by the end of the project, I will have learnt a lot of which I will share with my fellow women in my community”

It’s Time to End TB!

Held under the theme “Its Time for a World Without TB – Know Your Status” in Malawi, the World TB Day is commemorated on 24 March annually.
Activities to mark this day took place on the 26th of March 2019 at Katoto Secondary School ground in Traditional Authority Nthwalo in Mzuzu City, Mzimba district.
DAPP Malawi joined the government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health and Population Services and the international community in commemorating this day.
The event was graced by the Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Population Services Dr Charles Mwansambo who called on different stakeholders at all levels to unite in the fight against Tuberculosis.

Participants During The Big Walk

Participants During The Big Walk

Pavilions Viewing During The Event

Pavilions Viewing During The Event


“TB fight is for everyone, we need to join hands in this fight, the young, the elderly, students, teachers, let’s call for everyone to join. We should borrow a leaf from NGOs (Non- Governmental Organisations) that work in rural communities to ensure that those with TB signs and symptoms get tested and access treatment. Let us encourage people who experience continued coughing to go for TB status to know their status,” said Dr Mwansambo.
Activities during the event included a big walk, music and traditional dance performances, dramas and testimonies from TB survivors among others.
Best performers in the fight against TB were recognised, awarded and received trophies to mark their achievements. These included the top three performing district, top three community volunteers’ groups within Mzimba district and top three health reporting journalists in the country.

Namibia's success in the fight against HIV

(Adapted from www.bbc.com) By Vauldi Carelse BBC Africa, Namibia - 1 December 2018

Harvey Davis comes to open the gate to his dusty, windswept compound in the remote part of northern Namibia.

"Welcome, welcome, it's been so long since we've had visitors," he exclaims at the two health workers.
The 79-year-old summons his wife, Ruth Nasidengo, who is 40, from their home. She emerges with two babies, clinging to each arm.
This is the front line in Namibia's war against HIV, where a data-driven on-the-ground approach has helped it become one of the most successful countries in tackling its spread.
The red-uniformed health workers are field officers, who report to a troop commander, who in turn is under a division commander. Rather than guns, their weapons are a small plastic table and a cooler bag filled with ice packs and HIV tests.
Leontine Iipinge and Maria Johannes have walked more than 3km (2 miles) from their base in the Oshana region to visit the couple.
The initials TCE, meaning Total Control of Epidemic, stand out in bold letters on their shirts. It is a programme run by a national NGO, Development Aid from People to People (DAPP Namibia).
The field workers are two of more than 200 TCE health workers serving a population of nearly 182,000.
Mrs Nasidengo, a mother of twins, has been living with HIV for over a decade and has been a client of TCE for two years.
But this visit is about her husband as he is about to get his first home HIV test.
The ice packs in the cooler maintain the correct temperature for the rapid tests.
With his 11-month-old daughter, Dora, sitting on his lap Mr Davis watches as Ms Iipinge unpacks and disinfects her instruments and pricks his finger.
"I'm not worried," he quips, "but it sure looks like Dora is."

Harvey Davis Was Happy To Be Tested By The Health Workers

Harvey Davis Was Happy To Be Tested By The Health Workers

In Namibia Organised Groups Of People With HIV Provide Essential Support For Each

In Namibia Organised Groups Of People With HIV Provide Essential Support For Each

Detective work

As the 15 minutes tick by before the result is known, Ms Iipinge explains how testing the partners of people with HIV helps contain the spread of the virus.
Back at their base in Oshakati town, they compile data of all people known to be HIV-positive and then set about tracing their sexual partners to establish their HIV status.
The rapid test looks for HIV antibodies in the blood and the results are indicated by stripes appearing in the window of the device.
As Mr Davis and his daughter watch, a single stripe appears showing that he is HIV-negative (two stripes indicates a positive result). But he is still referred to a hospital as he needs to be given drugs that reduce the risk of contracting the virus from someone who is HIV-positive by 90%.
TCE field officers have worked in this area for 14 years.
They have built community trust and respect but not everyone can be easily persuaded to take an HIV test.
The next stop for Ms Iipinge and Ms Johannes is about 12km away and they are heading to the home of Lucas Angula in the Evululuko township.
He found out that he was HIV-positive just last month, but it had taken his wife, Matilda Ipandula, 10 years to convince him to take the test:
'We would always fight and argue whenever I brought up the issue of HIV testing with my husband," she says.
"He refused to listen and that's why I asked our neighbour to get involved. It was difficult but it had to be done."
The neighbour, Emirita Kuutondokwa, now forms part of Mr Angula's trio, a support group made up of someone who is HIV-positive and two others.
He says their encouragement has helped him deal with his diagnosis and take the drugs that help contain the spread of the virus.
Support is a key ingredient to the success in containing the spread of HIV here.
Close to Mr Angula's house, a small knot of people have gathered under a Marula fruit tree.
They are singing a song, in the Oshiwambo language, about how they are the lucky ones.
This is what is known as a Community Adherence Club - a group of 12 people who are all HIV-positive.
They take turns to collect medication from the clinic 20km away. This frees the remaining 11 to get on with other things and avoids clogging up the clinic.

It Takes 15 Minutes To Get A Result After The Blood Is Taken

It Takes 15 Minutes To Get A Result After The Blood Is Taken

Lucas Angula Left Had To Be Persuaded To Take The HIV Test By His Wife Matilda Ipandula Right

Lucas Angula Left Had To Be Persuaded To Take The HIV Test By His Wife Matilda Ipandula Right

'Not about the money'

After seeing to her clients, the division commander, Ms Johannes, joins the group to shake off the tension of the day as they dance around the tree.
"When you get into this, it's first about the job and the salary but as you stay it becomes about the people and the passion," she says.
"I've had field officers here who have only stayed for five months because they feel what they get as a salary does not compensate the time they spend at work but the ones that stay, they have passion to be with the people, to work with the people, to improve the lives of the people."

Newly released data by the US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) shows it is this community-centred approach that has helped Namibia exceed some of the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAids in 2014.

The figures measure:

  • The percentage of people who are thought to be HIV-positive who know their status
  • The percentage of people who know their status who are taking antiretroviral drugs
  • The percentage of people who are taking the drugs who have an undetectable level of HIV

For Namibia, the figures are 86%, 96% and 91% respectively.

Maria Johannes Says Her HIV Prevention Work Is Inspired By Trying To Improve The Lives Of Namibians

Maria Johannes Says Her HIV Prevention Work Is Inspired By Trying To Improve The Lives Of Namibians

Source UNAIDS

Source UNAIDS

'No time to relax'

Its neighbour, South Africa, the country with the highest number of HIV infections in the world, scores 90-68-78.
But Health Minister Dr Bernard Haufiku says now is not the time for complacency.
"There is a real possibility that we will be able to reach our target by the date set by UNAids [2020], we just have to give it a little bit of a push because we are almost there, just a few percentage left. We need to focus, especially on the prevention campaigns in the field, targeting young people that have not been tested."
Namibia used to have one of the highest HIV-prevalence rates in the world, but in the past 15 years, the number of new HIV infections has halved.
But the high infection rate among young women aged 15-24 continues to worry health officials here.
The health minister adds that on the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day, on Saturday, he will be encouraging young men to get tested and treated.
In Namibia, it seems to be the older generation, men like Mr Davis and Mr Angula, who are setting the example.
Ms Johannes hopes that at some point she will no longer have to deliver bad news to her clients.
"I remember there was a day in 2015," she says.
"My first six clients of the day all tested positive. Telling six people they're HIV-positive, without a break… it's a day I'll never forget."

DAPP creates space for AGWY to improved knowledge and access for SRHR

July 2017 to June 2018, Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi in partnership with National AIDS Commission (NAC) implemented Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) project targeting private secondary schools and tertiary education institutions in Mulanje and Thyolo districts.

Known as “Creating Space for Adolescent Girls and Young Women to improve Knowledge and Access for Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) services, the project supported the government’s efforts in curbing transmission of HIV and unwanted/unplanned pregnancies through improving knowledge and access to SRHR services.
This project aimed at increasing the knowledge levels, skills and positive attitudes on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through innovative life skills education training, participation in club activities, sharing information using social media, accessing counselling, treatment, care and support services from health care workers, matrons and tutors to Adolescent Girls and Young Women.
The target was to reach 600 AGYW in 30 private secondary schools and 10 tertiary education institutions through career and motivational talks. 30 matrons and 30 youth clubs in SRSH were trained in SRHR issues and in turn 1350 AGYW were reached through career and motivational talks and 3,193 girls got registered in youth clubs where they were able to discuss SRHR topics.

Some of the youth reached in the AGYW Hope in schools project

Some of the youth reached in the AGYW Hope in schools project

Secondary Students that benefited from the project

Secondary Students that benefited from the project


The project also known as Hope in Schools, provided comprehensive HIV and AIDS interventions by promoting HIV prevention through increasing access and utilization of HIV and SRHR services among students in secondary and tertiary education institutions, training 19 peer educators to foster proper adolescent growth and development and orienting Parents and Teachers Associations members to take a lead in modifying harmful cultural practices.
The project confirmed that some girls take poverty as an excuse to engage in risky behaviors. The project had 9 girls in the clubs on record who confessed that they are in school because of boyfriends/sugar daddies who are supporting them with fees and school materials in exchange for sex. Some parents/ guardians marry off their daughters because they claim to have failed to financially support them in their education.
The project further noticed that private secondary schools are dominated by male teachers who inevitably are club patrons. In most cases girls were uncomfortable to approach or be so free with the patrons whenever they had personal issues (30 male teachers vs. 11 female teachers).
One of the project beneficiaries Caroline Lozeni from Thuchira said, the project came at a time when girls need empowerment to make right decisions so as to achieve their goals. She said after attending one of the trainings organized by the peer educators she was inspired to encourage her peers to remain in school, to prevent unwanted pregnancies and build their self-esteem so as to be at par with boys in education and other activities.
Other core activities in the project were training of health workers in provision of Youth Friendly Health services, formation of clubs in schools, orientation of tutors and district stakeholders which included the District Youth Office, District Education Office, Director of Planning and Development Office, District Health Management Team and the District Executive Committee.

 

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